6 epic adventures to try in Ireland's Ancient East 6 months ago

6 epic adventures to try in Ireland's Ancient East

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Ireland's Ancient East is renowned for its rich cultural life, but it's also a major destination for active adventure in the great outdoors.

For unbeatable thrilling activities this summer, the east is the ideal destination. From kayaking to canoeing, biking to hiking, Ireland's Ancient East is waiting for you to discover it, and we've rounded up the very best adventures the region has to offer.

With breath-taking scenic walks to rugged coastal shores, there is so much to discover in this region. Book a break today, and take your summer getaway to the next level with these unmissable activities.

Glen of Aherlow Looped Walks, Co. Tipperary


The Galtee Mountains in Co. Tipperary are lovingly referred to as a walker's paradise, and we can see why. The Glen Of Aherlow is one of Ireland's most breath-taking walking spots, and it should be top of your list if you're heading to Tipperary this summer.

Take your pick from one of the eight looped walks on Slievenamuck or the two linear walks in the Galtee Mountains. These routes vary in difficulty, so you're bound to find one that suits your ability. Regardless of which hike you chose, you'll be offered unparalleled views of the unspoiled Tipperary countryside.

The Irish Experience, Co. Wexford


The Hook Peninsula in Co. Wexford is home to hidden sandy beaches, craggy sea caves and a diverse marine life, and The Irish Experience lets you explore this unique geological site for yourself.

On this three-hour, fully guided tour you'll weave around the stunning Wexford coast. Enjoy a hot chocolate at the tour's halfway point and keep your eyes peeled for seals, dolphins and basking sharks along the way.

Rally Driving Experiences, Co. Monaghan


Fulfil a lifelong dream with a real bucket-list experience in Co. Monaghan this summer.

Rally School Ireland are motorsports specialists, and they offer exhilarating rally-driving experiences under the safe supervision of a qualified instructor. Select your favourite car, whether that's a Porsche a BMW or a classic Ariel Nomad, and head to the rally for a series of unforgettable laps.

Fatbike Adventures, Co. Wicklow


Fatbike Adventures offer cycling experiences like no other with their unique bikes that are equipped to take you over a variety of terrain.

On a Fatbike guided tour, you'll saddle up and embark on an unforgettable adventure across a variety of trails in Ireland's Ancient East. Journey up the iconic Ballinastoe Mountain in Wicklow, take a spin around Belmont Bike Farm and Bray Head, or explore the woodlands of the Avonmore Forest Trail.

Slieve Bloom Mountains, Co. Laois and Co. Offaly

The Slieve Bloom Mountains lie between counties Laois and Offaly, and are among Europe's oldest mountains. At one point in history, they were even the highest.

Today, they make for an adventurous day out, with activities to suit every taste. Hike along the mountains' many loop walks or cycle across the Slieve's 35km of mountain bike trails. Take a dip in the Cathole Falls on the Owenass River, which can be reached from the nearby Rosenallis village. If horse-riding is more your vibe, you can even embark on a trek with the Birr Equestrian Centre.

Go With The Flow, Co. Carlow

Get back to nature with a guided canoe tour along the intricate waterways of River Barrow in Co. Carlow.

On a Go With The Flow tour, you'll learn the skills you'll need to navigate the trail. Then, once on board your canoe, you'll flow through the weirs and rapids as you take in vistas of scenic waterfalls, the old lock keeper cottages and the ruins of Carlow Castle.

In partnership with DiscoverIreland.

So, what are you waiting for? Now is the perfect time to explore Ireland's Ancient East. 

The Leave No Trace principles help us make as little an impact as possible on the incredible Irish landscape as we explore the outdoors this summer and beyond. Keep outdoor areas safe, clean and free from waste/hazards, and help protect the natural environment. Love this place, leave no trace. 

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